(WBRE/WYOU-TV) More than five years after a well-known and well-respected DJ. was gunned down in Wilkes-Barre — two men are being held responsible for his murder.
After less than two hours of deliberations — two men were convicted of first-degree murder Monday afternoon for the death of Michael Onley — better known as DJ MO.
Eyewitness News Reporter Eric Deabill was in the courtroom when the verdict was read.
With his hands in shackles Roberto Battle left the Luzerne County courthouse Monday after being convicted of first degree murder. He didn’t say a word. In October 2013, jurors say the 29 year old fired multiple shots outside of Outsiders Bar in Wilkes-Barre. One of the bullets hit and killed Michael Onley — better known as DJ MO — who was a well-known anti-violence advocate.
“They say justice delayed is often justice denied….well not in this case and this family was so patient” Said Jarrett Ferentino, Assistant DA
A second man, David Nealy, has also been convicted. Nealy was the getaway driver but he maintains he didn’t know battle had a gun.
“They convicted an innocent man of life” He told us as he left the courtroom
When asked if he was disappointed he replied “Disappointed? I didn’t do anything!”
Nealy took the stand in his own defense at trial against his attorney’s advice.
“I was advising him all along not to do it because I didn’t believe it was in his best interest but ultimately it’s his decision and his choice of whether or not he wishes to testify and he insisted he wanted to tell his story” said Attorney Thomas Sundmaker.
Investigators think the pair was mad because they were disrespected when they were kicked out of “Outsiders Bar.”
Multiple shots were fired and investigators believe the situation could have been much worse.
“If you look at the bullets that settled into the poles and into the parking area, it could have absolutely been worse. There could have been many more victims” said Assistant DA Ferentino.